Long Johns for St. John’s Now in Its Second Year


Reese Van Pay, Staff Writer, Advanced Journalism

The Long Johns for St. John’s drive was up again this year at NDA. 

Delaney Gallagher started the drive in  October of 2020 after hearing about the need for socks at St John’s Homeless Shelter.

Eventually the drive redirected towards a bigger need for long underwear.

She said she was inspired by the hardship of those who seeked shelter at St. John’s and felt that the world was focused on possessions when others have far less than us.

Her goal through the drive is not only to collect winter gear for the shelter, but to show people to appreciate what they have that so many don’t. 

“It is important for us to send the message to the residents of St. John’s Shelter that our community cares about them and wants to make their winter more manageable. I hope that through my efforts to make a change, I inspire others to recognize that we are all called to make a difference, and there will always be opportunities available for those who have a desire to create a positive change,” said Gallagher.

Gallagher has partnerships with multiple businesses to help spread out the donation drop offs.

This year, there were a total of 12 drop-off locations.

“The time and effort that goes into Long Johns for St. John feels very rewarding through the thought that I am offering a way for our community to make a difference and to know that the good I have created is allowing someone in an unfortunate situation to live a better life,” said Gallagher about the organization that goes into the drive.

The drive has collected a total of about 1,500 donations, along with numerous monetary donations.

“I truly appreciate the support I have received for my fundraising efforts and everyone who has donated,” said Gallagher.

Gallagher hopes to inspire others to appreciate what they have and make a difference in the lives of those who don’t have the same luxury.

“The two best ways to help Long Johns for St. John’s are to give donations or help spread a kind word,” offered Gallagher about ways that people can help.

“Volunteer, donate to a trustworthy fundraiser, or create your own fundraiser! There will always be opportunities to create a positive change. Through our acts of kindness and volunteer time, we are following the example of Jesus and spreading neighborly love throughout our community.”